It’s been a quiet couple of days in the NHL. After just four games on Sunday (mostly thanks to the Super Bowl), the NHL will put just five games on display on Monday.
Record: 30-33 (-217)
Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche have both played better at home than on the road this season and even with that being the case, I see some value with the Stars on Monday. The two teams are basically equal, so I don’t really see why the Avs deserve to be a -140 favorite in this game. They should be favored but this is a tad high. Instead, I see the value on the under.
The Avs will be without Steve Downie, Gabriel Landeskog and David Jones and the Stars will be without their leading scorer Ray Whitney. On top of that, the Stars have scored just four oals in five road games. Also, Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA in his career against Colorado.
With NHL odds a bit high on the Stars, take the under here.
NHL Picks: Under 5.5 at BetOnline
Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs
The Carolina Hurricanes will visit Toronto on Monday in hopes of getting back on track. Their up-and-down season saw them get thrashed 5-3 by the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night one night after shutting out the Ottawa Senators 1-0. They’ve dominated the series with Toronto, winning six of the last eight meetings in Toronto and eight of the last 11 overall. However, the Hurricanes have been unreliable on the road this season as they have just one win in three tries. Instead, we’ll look to add the over to our sports picks for Monday.
The Hurricanes have given up 11 goals in three road games and Toronto doesn’t play particularly well at home. Their last three home games have finished with the exact scoreline of 5-2, which means it’s produced three straight overs. The Hurricanes have averaged 4.4 goals per game in the last 11 meetings in this series, so that add more fuel to the over. For this free pick, look for this game to squeak over the number on Monday night.
NHL Picks: Over 5.5 at Bodog
Minnesota Wild at Phoenix Coyotes
The Minnesota Wild have yet to earn a road win this season but they figure to have a good shot on Monday. The Phoenix Coyotes have not played very well this season and they have just two wins over their last six and three in nine games overall.
The Wild have had some tough road games to date as they’ve played in St. Louis, in Detroit and in Anaheim. All of those times are likely playoff-bound whereas the Coyotes are not in that same class.
With the Wild being a small underdog at -105, the investment is minimal. They’re worth a play in this spot for one of our hockey picks.
NHL Picks: Wild -105 at BetOnline